Earlier this month gaming blog Joystiq speculated that the Unreal Engine 3 — used to power the hotly anticipated Unreal Tournament 3, among others — will support cross-platform online play between PC and PS3:
At last! Now we can finally put to rest the age-old debate: “Which is better? Keyboard+mouse or gamepad?” As a long-time PC-gamer, I’m fairly confident that the legions of UT fans who have honed their FPS skills since the first in the series was released back in 1999 will come out on top. And perhaps I can now dish out some serious pwnage on all my console-friendly buddies who always paste me whenever I play an FPS with a gamepad. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve displayed serious suckage when wrestling with the gamepad control mechanism in shooters. Soon it’ll be payback time!
Unhappily however, it seems Epic have already foreseen the potential imbalance this move would allow, and are planning to make UT3 compatible with the PS3 keyboard+mouse setup. They’re also set to allow the host of any online game to decide whether to allow mixed controller matches.
Whatever the case, I just can’t wait for the game to be finished so I can start practicing my Shock Rifle combos again. Bring on the carnage!